<br /> Lee Letter: g113

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Braxton Bragg

To Gen. B. Bragg

3.15 P.M. Scout from lower Pamunky reports that Genl. Custer and Junior officers of enemy’s Cavalry near Old Church state that Butler’s fleet will be at West Point today. This may be the fleet reported going down the James yesterday and is probably conveying Smith’s Corps to Grant. The idea is general amongst them that Butler is to reinforce them. One steamer was at White House yesterday & was communicated with by officer & detachment from Grant’s army. Scout left vicinity of White House at 8 this morning at that time had heard nothing of appearance of fleet. Citizens reported Boats at Brick House.

R. E. Lee Genl.

[Endorsed] 102/2040 Chg. Stones Farm May 30. 1864. R. E. Lee Genl. Scouts from lower Pamunky reports that Genl. Custer & Jr. officers of enemy’s Cav. near Old Church state that Butler’s fleet will be at West Point to-day. May be the fleet reported going down the James yesterday and is probably conveying Smith’s Corps to Grant. Steamer at White House yesterday & was communicated with by officer and detachment from Grant’s Army. Scouts left vicinity of White House at 8 this A.M. At that time heard nothing of appearance of fleet. Citizens report Boats at Brick House. R.B. 994 Recd. May 31. 64.

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W. J. De Renne Collection
Wormsloe, Chatham County, Georgia (1914)

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 113.